Events Residential Volunteer & Guide

Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Moray, NE Scotland

Volunteer • Full Time 01343820339 Scottish Dolphin Centre

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 11th January 2019  


  • Deliver a fun and high quality visitor experience through events and interpretation at WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre to help raise awareness of the work of Whale and Dolphin Conservation
  • To support the SDC Officer in promoting the work of the Centre through a wide range of conservation themed events and activities.

Volunteer Role Includes:

Supporting the implementation of the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre ‘Events’ programme which runs from April to October and involves a variety of responsibilities including:

  • Digital Marketing – creating physical and digital marketing resources i.e. flyers, posters, managing the Centre’s newsletter, creating and managing social media posts on FB, Twitter & Instagram.
  • Citizen Science - research in the form of hourly 10 minute land-based cetacean watches (data is collected from Spey Bay as part of the WDC Shorewatch programme).
  • Working with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the local Spey Fisheries Board Invasive Species Project Officer, assisting with the monitoring of mink and habitat management.
  • Attending (on behalf of WDC) a variety of local coastal community events, which have previously included; Inverness Science Festival, Portsoy Boat Festival, ‘Amazing Ages’ at Fort George, Banff Coastal Fringe Gala, Hopeman Science Gala and the Ocean Film Festival.
  • Assisting the SDC Education Officer with school visits and activities at the Centre and the also the Shorewatch Policy Officer with offsite events and Shorewatch site visits.
  • Delivering environmental interpretation - inspiring people to take an interest and care for the environment through land-based dolphin watching, tours (of the historic Tugnet icehouse), talks and guided wildlife walks.
  • Visitor engagement - raising the profile of WDC - amaze & inspire our visitors (over 90,000 every year) about the world of whales and dolphins; how we work to protect them in Scotland and all over the globe and keep them informed of the latest WDC campaigns.
  • Managing ‘front of house’ of the visitor Centre including; welcoming visitors, customer service (in the Centre’s eco-friendly gift shop), re-stocking the shop, cashing up at the beginning and end of each shift.

The residential role provides the following:

  • Free onsite accommodation in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • £30 weekly food budget per person (covering food only not toiletries or alcohol)
  • Extensive training which includes:
  • Regular progress meetings and feed-back sessions
  • Advice & guidance on writing application forms and ‘how to present’ (towards the end of your placement)
  • Mileage expenses

Essential skills, experience and qualities:

  • Excellent command of the English language (both written and spoken)
  • Excellent communication & organisation skills
  • Must enjoy working with children of all ages
  • Creative approach to work
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm for the marine environment and terrestrial wildlife
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work unsupervised
  • Flexibility in the workplace
  • Highly motivated and eager to learn
  • Good problem solver with a ‘can do’ attitude

You will gain skills & experience in:

  • Events organisation & marketing (digital & physical)
  • Effective written communication & public speaking
  • Engaging a variety of demographics with natural history and conservation
  • Project management & presentation skills
  • Developing interpretive resources and leading activities for the general public
  • Interpretive guiding - delivering interpretive workshops, talks and a variety of activities to a wide ranging audience
  • Land based citizen science cetacean monitoring (WDC Shorewatch programme)
  • Running a busy visitor Centre
  • Occasional volunteer supervision/training
  • Assisting in delivering educational activities
  • An increased knowledge of cetaceans
  • An increased knowledge in natural history, Scottish wildlife, species ecology, habitat types and land use in Scotland
  • Monitoring Health and Safety

Volunteers play a vital role in the work we do at the WDC and you will be expected to cover all areas of work, in return you will receive experience in many different aspects of conservation work.

The majority of this role involves community outreach, interpretation and engaging with visitors, if you are looking for field experience this is not the opportunity for you.

Opportunities run:

  • Monday 4th March – Thursday 31st October 2019
  • Volunteering 5 days a week, including weekends.
  • Must be committed for 8 months in order to gain the full range of experience and to

make a worthwhile contribution to our work.

Application packs can be downloaded at

Contact Lisa Farley for more details: 01343 820339

Please note that we are unable to accept CVs as an application, further details about the Centre can be found at please return applications to:

Closing date: 5pm Friday 11th January 2019 - interviews will be held via Skype week commencing 21st January.

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